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AP2: Publication lecture


Exhibition and Experimental Publication


Produce a presentation

Way of disseminating your work – type of exhibition

Platform to showcase existing work – displaying what you do

· Integrate form and content

· Incorporate professional practice

· Express ideas through making

· Strategies of self-representation

· Interviews, conversations, manifestos, artist statements, abstracts


Unfolding, pop up book, different types of paper – non uniform – particular design

Hologram – etched onto pavement, billboards, guides and maps, flyers, series of things, collections of posters – catalogues, signs, digital display, screen-based text, on a monitor, series of invitations to events e.g. BANK – using invitations as publications, books, journals and diaries. Postcards sets e.g. Art and Language


· Concept giving

· Showing artwork

· Conceptual perspective on the world – reflect on ideals – others position on your work

· Interviews, essays, narrating and siting work in wider context

· Recording embellishing, collaborating, visual or textual story telling

· Cataloguing or selling for commercial gallery

· Way to make you visible

· Portability – calling card – outward facing


· Index/contents

· What, when, where, why?

· Lists of artist in alphabetical order

· Artworks listed as caption with name, title, date


· Books works

· Printed Matter

· Loose Joints

· The Everyday Press

· Tate Publishing

· Rope Press Birmingham

· Fraser Muggeridge studio

· Camden Arts Centre

Zines: self-published, as its happening, resource to explore attitudes at the time – archival piece.

Photocopied, collaged, paper, one offs. Application – communicate new ideas

Punk era – anti-establishment – anarchy – self publishing


Studio Yukiko – design studio


Happy Hypocrite: Maria Fusco

Experimental art writing – setting set of rules – create series of publications


Wolfgang Tillmans: On the verge of visibility – publication accompanies the exhibition

Ruth Ewan: - uses archives on overlooked histories – free publications that can be downloaded as a PDF


Jeremy Deller – social engaged practitioner

Creating publication in response to the work he has made


Ed Ruscha’s Photography Books

Capture US culture


Manifestos:


Including your own manifesto into your thinking or content of publication

Political form – modern era – form changes – revolution, political systems – used for shock effect

Statements or bullet points – clearly define an ideology for successful distribution – to publics – share ideas and ideologies

Tristan Tzara – how to make a Dadaist poem. Always right, strong, vigorous

and logical – a cure

Cauleen Smith – Covid manifesto – projected onto screen – complication of small statements

Manifesto turns into moving images – video capturing process of writing




Role of manifesto

· Inspire

· Inform

· Offend

· Educate

· Guide

· Erntertain

· Undermine

· Written

· Sculpted

· Performed

· Acted – filmed


Julian Rosefeldt – collected range of manifestos – both historical and individual – idea of collectivity

Film work and installation – to manifesto Is to perform


Help define interests and cement ideas – provide structure and guide for practice – mechanics of practice – what underpins your practice – what motivates you? What annoys, frustrates or intrigues you? Activate your context – how does your ideas connect to borader contextual issues


Dieter Rams – 10 principles of good design – value system – can translate into shapes and objects

Series of principles that are timeless

Ukeles – care manifesto – feminist beliefs – engaging with galleries through site specific interventions


20 additivist manifestos – additivism.org


Ideas: 3d printed found object such as found concrete – remade in different materials e.g. resin, bronze, silver, concrete, plaster – all held on metal stands – placed onto a stand – shelf


Algorythm – way in which economies operate – predictable

Artemenko.net

Isms – manifesto generator

Metahaven sprawl space – collective

Webenact.rhizome.org

Pawel Sysiak – what really matters – using graphic language to portray ideas

Bob and Roberta smith – all schools should be art schools – pseudonym – activist position

Grayson Perry, red alan manifesto


The Stuckist Manifesto

Excessivism Manifesto – pull together commonality between different artists in exhibition

Shared beliefs and ideas


Andrew Dadson – leaner – canvases


Superflat manifesto – Takashi Murakami

Marina Abramovich – an artists life – spoken – performative – contention – truly real


Lecture 3 Publications


issue of legacy – mark made by humans – mark-making – art as legacy

looking back at publication as reflection of where you are – personal record

book as an object to gift – e.g. a small a6 portfolio book – list of works and information

artist websites – seen as curatorial perspective – how websites change over time – PDF download – mini booklet of artists work – downloaded by anybody – form of distribution – reflection on development e.g. Jacob Carter 2020-2022 selected works – could be A6 with sets of artwork and text – could have pages to notate on – could include a ‘property of ….. if lost please return to’ section . could be ring bound so as to cut out pages or make own artwork or random objects with artwork such as a mug with a manifesto on it or a tea towel – chopping board. Packet of sweets – very kitsch

Make sure it functions in the way you want it to – getting yourself noticed – email someone a PDF – sit down for a coffee with someone you want to talk to about your art

Dieter Roth 1971 – Eight Books – collected works – how is art distributable – influenced by Dadaists

Sequence of production – systematic conceptual production of book – collected printed materials – found stuff that would be produced as publications – artists having recipes – Little Tentative recipe – 1968 – handmade books



Recognition of preciousness of materials – very sincere in way he collects objects – disruption of coherence of work and image and information – deconstructing the coherence of something – provides a reason for someone to physically engage

Copley Buch – collection of notes and doodles around the production of a publication – e.g. instructions for printing books

Included a bibliography – different material components – collections that do different things. Conceptual artists – poems of everyday life and also how work is produced

Using a box and having a collection of material – how people physically engage in work – allowing viewer to become the maker – sense of play – curation of books


Tavares Strachan

Multiplicities of information. Idea of an encyclopaedia – form of information – A-Z about specific history or subject – content fixed in time – no new knowledge

Encyclopaedia Britannica – who produces history and knowledge.

Made his own encyclopaedia – created own history – covers broad range of entries

Overlay graphics – word puzzles – resource book



Rosemarie Trockel: Book Drafts

Based around design and sketches – used as form to overcome procrastination

Books as proposals for content yet to be made – potential of something that could be


Ibrahim El-Salahi – prison notebook



Describes architecture of space in which the artist found himself in – routines and practices

More diaristic and sketchbook like







Jonathan Monk The project book project


Collection of photocopies of objects and images that are an influence on his own work – idea of appropriation – reference book of his contextual interests – influential book – pulled out aspects of his practice


Lucas Somaras


Dadaist – critique of the on institution – operating in legacy of Dadaism


Giorgio Vasari – first art historian – design book – structural framing devices



Student examples


Georgia – used as a resource book for an installation


Fae – ended in producing another publication

Project book – understanding where the work will be used – rich content

Socially engaged book – getting feedback or involvement with groups of people

Story telling – individual making – can be documentation of artworks and personal writings

Use of workshops – use this as a stepping stone to research in practice

Finding your passion


Leah Woolford – Birmingham in Yellow

Collection of photos of yellow objects – obsession

Idea: image of fragments – print on demand – thinking of book in 3 dimensions

Connection between image and colour – other pieces of information that become invisible

Data collection – artists obsessed with colour


Publication can be politically motivated – about a personal interest – an obsession with something – a behind the scenes influences – an art book – seduction through colour – depiction of every day life – combing of colour and mathematics


Initial Ideas







Process:



Using in design to create book

spent a considerable amount of time documenting professional images of my artworks and collating these together




  • Testing the layout of images - where they sit on the page and their sizing

  • Font design and colour - interested in using brown font so that it is more accessible

  • Testing out size of borders and space between images

  • Testing out the formatting of text - where is it aligned to - testing the line spacing and spacing between characters. Also test if text is in a role or displayed in columns


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